The Truth About Organic

Should I eat everything organic? Does organic mean it’s also GMO free? Do pesticides actually effect my health?

Let’s start by looking at the meaning of organic. Pro-cert, one of the top organic certification agencies has this to say about organic:

“Organic is a claim referring to methods of agricultural production and food processing that minimizes disruption of the natural environment and encourages the health and vitality of the soil, promotes humane animal management and preserves ecological integrity.

Delicious red apples ready to pick from an apple orchard

In other words, organic means:

  • No synthetic pesticides
  • No synthetic preservatives
  • No chemical fertilizers
  • No hormones or antibiotics
  • No genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)
  • Humane treatment of animals
  • Preservation of ecological integrity*


Simply put, organic means growing/raising something NATURALLY…
the way it was meant to be.

So, do pesticides really have an effect on us? Time has told us, yes. The buildup of chemical pesticides and herbicides in our bodies have been linked to many health problems including birth defects, obesity, immune and nervous system disorders, diabetes, cancer, and ADHD. And it’s not just all about what organic food DOESN’T contain, but what it DOES. Organic foods have higher amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omegas.

Eating everything organic can be an overwhelming thought. We encourage you to start somewhere. For example, many people use the “clean 15” and the “dirty dozen” as a guide to what they’ll choose to buy organic. For example, the dirty dozen (top 12 fruits and veggies that contain the most pesticides) this year are: strawberries, spinach, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, apples, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, celery & potatoes.

Spinach growing from the ground

Is it worth the cost? Organic farming and production practices are costlier and often more time consuming than conventional methods. Plus, government support for organic production is unequal to the support for conventional agriculture. The love and care that goes into growing organic fruits and vegetables is well worth the investment. In fact, many organic foods cost the same or even less than their conventional counterpart! Demanding more organic options and packing your shopping cart with certified organic foods means a lot; it helps grow the marketplace and change our food system. The more demand for organic, the better the prices will be.

Here at Jo Anne’s Place, we do our best to carry companies that are certified organic and prioritize sustainable methods. By supporting organic growth, we are not only protecting our own bodies, but also preserving our planet for future generations – something we’ve known to be true for over 40 years! Thank you for partnering with us and the planet!

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